It seems to me that more and more of my friends are having big number birthdays. The ones with a 4 in front. I have to admit mine was some time back but then I started Uni as a practically geriatric 24 year old and these are mostly uni friends. I started a bit of a thing of making friends, only those who appreciate it of course, socks for the 0's. I have 2 friends celebrating 40 this weekend as a combined do. With this in mind I had saved the last pair I knitted, the Hederas, for one of these friends. But my true chaotic style I only realised on Sunday night that I really needed two pairs. Two friends = two pairs. I couldn't possibly give one knitted socks and the other say, a really nice book.
Luckily the second pair were bloke socks. I got some inspiration over at Bell's place and did a rav search for 8ply socks. This could be done.
I searched the stash at 8pm Sunday night and dragged out some Lincraft cosy wool. It had to do. I wanted to do a contrasting heel, cuff and toe to funk it up a little and pulled out some, what I think is, Jo Sharp Silkroad tweed. I cast on and got through about 2cm of cuff ribbing. I was worried. I looked to me like a potentially baggy sock. I hate a baggy sock.
Luckily help was at hand - I emailed bells next day and got some specs from her sean socks as they looked so good. Bells based her's on Thuja. I took a look and they are quite lovely. And so I started again, slightly different to the pattern. I went for 48 st and 3.5 needles. I came home from work unwell on Monday, around lunch time. By bedtime one was done. finished. completely! I cast the second on the next morning around 10 and by tea time it was done. I couldn't believe it - I am not a very fast knitter but I managed to finished these socks in only two days.
I didn't end up with the contrasting heel and toe as you can see. I didn't like the way the silkroad knitted up - it was stiff and scratchy and not at all what I wanted my friend's toes to be snuggling into.
I am feeling rather pleased with myself.